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Everglades and Biscayne National Parks Campaign to Improve Boating Safety

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News Release Date: June 13, 2014
Contact: General Park Information:, 305-242-7700
Contact: Media contacts only: Linda Friar, 305-242-7714
Contact: Biscayne media contacts: Matt Johnson, 786-335-3679

Everglades and Biscayne National Parks Campaign to Improve Boating Safety

 

HOMESTEAD, FLORIDA – Everglades and Biscayne National Parks are teaming up to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities related to boating under the influence of drugs and alcohol. The campaign, called Operation Dry Water, will be held June 27-29, 2014. It is part of a national effort to help educate recreational boaters and increase awareness about the dangers of alcohol and drug use while boating.

 

"We are dedicated to keeping boaters safe on our waters. Boating is a safe and enjoyable pastime when people stay alert and follow the rules,” says acting Everglades National Park Superintendent Shawn Benge. "You will see our officers from Key Largo and Flamingo out on the water in Florida Bay, and from our Gulf Coast District in Everglades City, ensuring that everyone can enjoy a day of safe boating. They will be looking for boaters who are operating a vessel under the influence.”

 

“Biscayne National Park is a wonderful place to boat, fish, snorkel, sail and enjoy park resources in many different ways,” said Biscayne National Park Superintendent Brian Carlstrom. “Park employees are working to protect these resources and keep the park safe and enjoyable for everyone.”

 

Alcohol and drug use may impair a boater’s judgment, balance, vision and reaction time, or increase fatigue. Such impairments intensify the dangers of operating a boat in remote park locations and being exposed to the extremes of the sun, wind, water and weather.

 

Increased law enforcement patrols and boater education efforts are part of the park campaign. The consequences for boating under the influence may include fines up to $5,000, jail terms as long as six months and the costs of restoring damaged resources and property.

 

Operation Dry Water is a national awareness and enforcement campaign focused on reducing the number of alcohol and drug related accidents and fatalities, and fostering a stronger and more visible deterrent to alcohol and drug use on the water. The campaign is coordinated by the National Association of State Boating Law Administrators and the U.S. Coast Guard. For more information, visit www.operationdrywater.org.

 

WHAT:       Everglades and Biscayne National Parks will be participating in Operation Dry Water as part of a nationally coordinated effort to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities related to Boating Under the Influence (BUI).

 

WHEN:      June 27-29, 2014

 

WHERE:    Everglades and Biscayne National Parks

 

NOTE TO MEDIA: ADDITIONAL RESOURCES ARE AVAILABLE AT THIS LINK -http://www.operationdrywater.org/index.php/odw/le_resources 

 

Did You Know?

Indigo Snake

Of the 27 species of snakes in Everglades National Park, only four are venomous – the cottonmouth, the diamondback rattlesnake, the dusky pygmy rattlesnake, and the coral snake. The snake to the left is the non-venomous, endangered Indigo Snake.